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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families is proposing a new rule that would require Head Start programs to compete for their funding if they fall short of quality benchmarks, according to Education Week. They would be judged by a classroom assessment tool developed by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education. Under the new rule, 25 percent of the Head Start centers would be competing for funds.

The public can comment on the new rule until December 21.

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According to research by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, states are slashing hundreds of millions from their prekindergarten budgets by next year. The cuts, which are estimated at around $350 million, mean fewer slots for children, teacher layoffs and even fewer services for needy families who can’t afford high-quality private preschool programs.

An Associated Press article revealed that 38 states had pre-k programs serving more than 1.2 million 3- and 4-year-olds in 2009. Last year, four states made pre-k cut, but that number jumped to 14 in 2010. It is likely that another 14 will be eliminated next year. Read the entire Associated Press article.

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